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Midwife receives national award for Girl Guide leadership

Gina Chaney with regional GirlGuiding Coordinator, Karin Norman. Karin nominated Gina for the prestigious Kauri award.

Gina Chaney with regional GirlGuiding Coordinator, Karin Norman. Karin nominated Gina for the prestigious Kauri award.

Waikato Hospital midwife Gina Chaney is “blown away” at being one of three women nationwide to receive the national Kauri award for outstanding leadership and contribution to Girl Guiding New Zealand.

Her twenty eight years of dedication to Girl Guide leadership alongside her responsibility as a health team leader for the 2012 national Girl Guiding jamboree contributed to her receiving the award.

Gina, who has been a Brownie leader for 20 years in addition to her nearly three decades as a Girl Guide leader, knew nothing about the nomination until she was read out as an award recipient.

“I am really shocked. To be considered deserving of national recognition just blows me away,” she said.

Gina says it has been pinnacle for her to use some of her skills as a Waikato Hospital midwife to give back to her community.

“Leadership and organisation, of which are central to my job as a delivery suite coordinator here at Waikato DHB, cross over hugely into my position as a Girl Guide leader.” she said.

“While running the Jamboree – which was a seven day event hosting 2,500 people – I could use some of the skills I use to run the Women’s Assessment Unit.”

Organising the jamboree included managing the toilets and showers, creating the physical environment of the health centre, establishing the referral and treatment guidelines and purchasing all the first aid equipment.

“Basically everything,” she laughs. “I got 34 hours sleep in nine days. The days ended up being 6am to 12am”

The nomination process for the Kauri award is particularly involved, with the application being completed by relevant coordinator, endorsed by Regional Coordinator and Zone Manager, Regional Awards Committee and National Awards Committee, and finally approved by National Board.

Gina is a Girl Guiding district coordinator and looks after seven units in the Papawi and Morrinsville district: 2 Pippin, 3 Brownies and 2 Girl Guides.

Some of the activities she leads every Thursday include crafts, cooking, tramping and teaching girls general outdoor skills.

“It’s full-on but I love it – I do it for the kids,” she said.

A hearty congratulation Gina, on behalf of Waikato DHB.

ENDS

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